İstanbul Prosecutor’s Office began an investigation across social media accounts to identify the names of those who participated in the funerals of Marxist Leninist Communist Party (MLKP) militants killed in action in Syria.
Under this investigation, Etkin News Agency (ETHA) report Pınar Gayıp and editor Semiha Şahin were detained on April 13, 2018 for “membership of the terrorist organization MLKP” and spreading propaganda for the said organization. The indictment against them was based on these claims.
The first hearing of the case was held on September 10, 2018 at Istanbul 23. High Criminal Court. Pınar Gayıp and Semiha Şahin were released at the 5th hearing of the case on June 13, 2019 on condition of house arrest, and ban on going abroad.
At that hearing, it was decided that the judicial control of the journalists would control.
Next hearing was held at December 11th, 2019. In the hearing it was ruled that the ban on leaving the country against the journalists was to continue, other judicial control measures were to be lifted. Next hearing was set to February 27th, 2020.